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4J bus driver exposed to coronavirus; test results pending

In a press conference Thursday, Lane County Public Health shared that a staff member at 4J has been tested for coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 12:10 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2020 6:35 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- In a press conference Thursday, Lane County Public Health shared that a staff member at Eugene School District 4J has been tested for coronavirus.

This test was administered after the person had been directly exposed to a positive case of the virus.

Though not showing symptoms, the staff member, a bus driver, went to work on March 10 and 11. 

An investigation identified a small number of 4J bus routes with a possible exposure point, Lane County officials said.

Jason Davis with Public Health said that more than 200 elementary to middle-school aged children had minimal contact with the employee and are not considered at risk.

"If he tested positive -- given the public health definition of what an exposure is -- so that is within six feet for an hour or more, he still would not be exposing the kids given the nature of the job," said Davis.

4J is contacting families of students believed to have been exposed, in any capacity, to the employee.

If you are a concerned parent or would like to establish contact with a Lane County Communicable Disease Nurse, call 541-682-1380. 

The person is being isolated in their own home.

Results of the test are pending. 

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